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Governor-General of Australia

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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For our colonial friends on the other side of the world.

This rather uncared for Statue is situated in the gardens at the rear of the Town Hall buildings in Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland (incidently, the town where I was born).

The staue is of John Adrian Louis Hope, 1st Marquess of Linlithgow KT, GCMG, GCVO, PC (25 September 1860 – 29 February 1908), known as Viscount Aithrie before 1873 and as The Earl of Hopetoun between 1873 and 1902, was the first Governor-General of Australia.

Hope was born at South Queensferry (the town where I now live), West Lothian in Scotland the eldest son of the 6th Earl of Hopetoun. He was educated at Eton College and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where he passed in 1879 but did not join the Army on graduation. Instead he managed the family estates and pursued a life of leisure. In 1883 he became conservative whip in the House of Lords and served as a Lord in Waiting from June 1885 to January 1886 and August 1886 to August 1889.

In 1889 he was appointed Governor of Victoria, where he served until 1895. After his return to Great Britain he was made a privy councillor, was appointed paymaster-general in the Salisbury government from 1895 to 1898, and then became Lord Chamberlain until 1900. The Australian colonies had agreed to federate, to form the Commonwealth of Australia from 1 January 1901. Hopetoun’s popularity in Victoria and his friendship with leading Australian politicians made him a logical choice to be the first Governor-General of the Commonwealth, and he was appointed in July 1900

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